Sib­lings and old sores

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Listings - GERRY COL­GAN

ON AN AV­ER­AGE DAY Mill Theatre, Dun­drum, Dublin Previews Mar 31/Apr 1 opens Apr 2-12 115/118 01-2969340

Dublin’s Pur­pleHeart Theatre Com­pany con­tin­ues to pur­sue its love af­fair with mod­ern Amer­i­can drama and, to Ir­ish au­di­ences, unfamiliar writ­ers. There is cer­tainly an in­her­ent en­ergy in the genre that usu­ally of­fers ba­sic es­capist en­ter­tain­ment, and some­times more. John Kol­ven­bach is a young play­wright who has made a mark on both sides of the At­lantic, and the com­pany has cho­sen to pro­duce his first play, which pre­miered in Lon­don’s West End in 2002 with Hol­ly­wood no­ta­bles Woody Har­rel­son and Kyle MacLach­lan in its two roles. The char­ac­ters are brothers, aban­doned in their teens by their wi­d­ower fa­ther, and they have not seen each other for 15 years as we meet them on, of course, an av­er­age day. One is an ec­cen­tric drop-out, the other ap­par­ently in con­trol of his life. What fol­lows com­bines rev­e­la­tions of psy­chic dam­age and its po­ten­tial to de­stroy, as the au­thor sends the sib­lings on a jour­ney through me­mory and guilt to the kind of ter­rain that the old car­tog­ra­phers used to mark “here be mon­sters”.

Les Martin and Der­mot Magennis in On an Av­er­age Day

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